Two alleged thieves were in for the shock of their lives when they reportedly assaulted a store clerk and attempted to run off with $1,200.
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The incident reportedly unfolded Sept. 13 around 10 p.m. as a Family Dollar location in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, was preparing to close for the night.
Two suspects are said to have come in looking for a lost cellphone but, once inside, they allegedly pulled out a gun and demanded money from a store employee, Fox News reported.
“Give me the money, or I will kill you,” one of the assailants reportedly said, before grabbing money from the safe and pistol-whipping the employee.
But just when the situation seemed the most dire, the owner of another nearby store heard the commotion, grabbed a firearm, and ran over to help.
After coming inside and seeing the suspect had a gun, the good Samaritan told him to drop the weapon and get on the floor.
While one of the thieves fled, the hero was able to hold the other, Nicolas Richard Lee Deas, 20, at gunpoint until police arrived at the scene, according to Fox News.
Deas’ suspected accomplice has been neither named nor arrested.
But Deas was booked on a variety of charges, including aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, grand theft of a firearm and illegally carrying a concealed firearm, and armed robbery, WPLG-TV reported.
Fortunately, the situation ended much more positively than it could have — and it’s all thanks to a brave good Samaritan who was willing to step up to the plate and help.
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